Awards Received by Museum Staff
- CEPS senior scientist and department chair Thomas Watters was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
- Aeronautics senior curator Tom Crouch was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
- CEPS scientist James Zimbelman received the Ronald Greeley Award for Distinguished Service from the Planetary Geology Division (PGD) of the Geological Society of America.
- CEPS scientist Sharon Purdy received the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Career Development Award.
- CEPS geologist Ross Irwin received the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
- The Smithsonian Congress of Scholars awarded a Secretary's Research Prize to Michael Neufeld and David DeVorkin for their jointly-authored article, "Space Artifact or Nazi Weapon? Displaying the Smithsonian's V-2 missile, 1976-2011," appearing in Endeavor, vol 35, no 4, December 2011.
- Flight School: On the Red Planet won the local Emmy in the best instructional video category. The Museum's Education Department produced this broadcast in collaboration with the Fairfax Network.
- The Communications team was awarded the Public Relations Society of America's Silver Anvil Award of Excellence for its plan for the arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery and the accompanying public awareness campaign, "Spot the Shuttle."
- Pluto's Secret: An Icy World's Tale of Discovery, a children's book by curators Margaret Weitekamp and David DeVorkin, with educator Diane Kidd as illustrator, received several accolades:
- Junior Library Guild Selection, Science Nonfiction Elementary, Spring 2013
- Parent's Choice Awards, Recommended title, Spring 2013 Non-Fiction
- Best Children's Books for 2013, compiled by Noodle and New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist Betsy Bird
Awards Given by the National Air and Space Museum
On April 24, the annual National Air and Space Museum Trophy awards were given out. The recipient for current achievement was the Mars Science Laboratory Entry, Descent, and Landing Team, and for lifetime achievement was Joseph F. Sutter, chief project engineer for the Boeing 747.
The 2013 Trophy Awards were made possible by the generous support of The Hillside Foundation, BAE Systems, Atlas Air Worldwide, The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, and Pratt & Whitney.